With a ton of power, the 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup still remains a top-of-the-line vehicle. Even though it classifies as a full-size truck, it still performs extremely well in off-road situations. But, with its large size, drivers should still be cautious and not lull to sleep when trying to make a quick move.
Body Styles: two-door club cab, quad extended cab
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Ram 1500 ST extended cab, Dodge Ram 1500 SLT extended cab, Dodge Ram 1500WS, Dodge Ram 1500 ST regular cab, Dodge Ram 1500 SLT regular cab
The 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 gets a new front suspension, a new steering system, and an all-new brake system for the 2000 model year. An off-road 4x4 package provides an option on the 1500, which includes heavier-duty equipment, such as a limited slip, a recalibrated suspension for extra ground clearance, all-terrain tires, and steering gear designed for low speeds. An upscale SLT plus package comes on club cab trims. The eight-foot bed and 2500 Club Cab leave the lineup for the new model year.
Chrome step bumpers, 16-in. wheels, and intermittent windshield wipers come standard on the 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. Made to tow, an optional camper/towing package allows for a maximum towing capacity of 2950 pounds and a maximum payload of 1696 pounds. Also opt for a bed liner, two-tone paint, and chrome wheels for a more luxurious model. The truck weighs in at 6400 pounds and has a curb weight of 4704 pounds. The wheelbase measures in at 139 inches.
Peer inside the 1500 and find a standard center console, a tachometer, front split-bench vinyl seating, power steering, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system. Buyers can upgrade to agate, camel, or mist gray cloth seating. Also opt for cruise control, air-conditioning, a manual horizontal sliding rear window, and a tilt steering wheel for optimal comfort. The regular cab has bench seating for three; the Club Cab can fit three in both the front and rear, although access to the rear for storage and seating seems a bit tough.
The extended cab Ram leaves passengers with 66.8 inches of rear hip room, 39.4 inches of rear head room, 31.6 inches of rear legroom, and 67.7 inches of rear shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 includes an anti-lock brake system, two disc brakes including two ventilated discs, a full-size steel rim under the body spare wheel, an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs, and a beam rear suspension rigid with leaf springs provide the ultimate in handling.
The Club Cab receives four out of five stars in the driver front and passenger front tests from the NHTSA. The Quad Cab passenger front rates four out of five, however the driver front only receives three out of five stars.
The IIHS also performs an offset crash test based on a 40-mph scenario. Overall the 1500 Quad Cab rates poorly—with poor injury measures on head/neck and dummy kinematics. The structure itself and the safety cash rate marginally, and leg/foot left, earn poor and acceptable ratings. Chest marks the only test rated at a good level.
Identifix rated the 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 for reliability. The intake manifold gasket and the crankshaft position sensor fail occasionally, which prevents the Ram from starting. The transmission output shaft speed sensor and the rear axle speed sensor also fail occasionally.
Anti-lock brakes come standard on the Ram 1500, as well as driver and passenger front airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Ram 1500: 15/20 mpg city/highway
- User-friendly cab
- Distinctive look
- Off-road capability
You Won't Like
- Underpowered base V-6
- Lacks rear-seat room compared to competitors
A versatile monster that can offroad or haul with the best of them.
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